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Newsletter Issue 16: 10/9/09


200 Fans

We now have 200 "fans" on Facebook!



..It's not really about the numbers! What's really interesting to me are the connections between people who have become SpecialQuest "fans" on Facebook. I like to see who is linked to whom. It gives me a sense of how we are interrelated and how the word spreads from person to person. It also shows me the potential for learning from one another and building relationships.


Yes, I said it...building relationships. I can say that because I've experienced it. You can choose to use social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter to become introduced to some interesting folks, learn new things, get help, chew on meaty ideas together...or not. It's up to you!


SageWe've recently seen a lot of interaction around pictures of our pets. Why? Because it's personal, it reveals a little bit about who we are.


And folks are branching out into other topics of interest. For example, Joe DeBonis, from the New Mexico State Leadership Team, wants to hear from others about how they are following up after the Train the Trainers events in most of the SpecialQuest State Leadership states.


So, check it out! Learn more about my new puppy, brainstorm how to use the SpecialQuest approach with Linda Sherr, ask Holly Wilcher about the webinar the Colorado State Leadership Team presented, or add to the conversation that Joe has started.

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Spotlight: Louisiana's Old Fashioned Radio Hour - An Innovative Use of SpecialQuest Materials


Coffee CupImagine sitting around a table witha group of friends having a cup of coffee and discussing a topic you are all passionate about.


On June 17, 2009, Marian McGruder, Ashley Steele, and Rhoda Taylor did just that by discussing comfort and confidence in working with young children who have disabilities and their families.


This Louisiana Head Start Training and Technical Assistance Team designed a broadcast conference call using SpecialQuest materials to bring new information to a large number of early care and education providers in Louisiana. The framework of their discussion was designed using the session script, "Increasing Staff Comfort and Confidence" from the SpecialQuest Multimedia Training Library. The discussion was embellished with stories from their own experiences.


Like an old-time radio show, service providers gathered together and listened to the broadcast. Even in remote locations, listeners felt like they were sitting in the same room with the presenters. Some of them had lunch together while listening and shared their own experiences and ideas with one another.


If you would like to listen to this broadcast, grab a cup of coffee and go to the SpecialQuest Resource Bank or the Louisiana Radio Hour.


For more information about this innovative use of the SpecialQuest materials, contact The team who designs and produces the STG Head Start Radio Hour also provides training and technical assistance through the Louisiana Head Start Technical Assistance Office, contracted by STG International Inc.



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DEC's 25th Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs & Their Families

Join SpecialQuest in Albuquerque, New Mexico October 15-18, 2009 for the Council for Exceptional Children's Division for Early Childhood annual conference. Several staff and members of State Leadership Teams will be presenting at the conference.




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A Roadmap to the Future in Early Childhood
2009 Region VI Head Start Association Conference

November 11-14, 2009 in Albuquerque, NM


At least two sessions will be highlighting SpecialQuest Birth-Five, including:


More info at



Preschool Inclusion Series

Featuring four new videos, the SpecialQuest Preschool Inclusion Series will be released later this fall! Keep an eye out for a preview.


Are you submitting a proposal?

If you are applying for the OSERS paraprofessional preservice preparation grant, the SpecialQuest materials might be useful resources for your courses.


Check out the SpecialQuest Multimedia Training Library.


More information about the Request for Proposal and related resources.



Do you have two cents?

Sure you do! We all do...and Joe DeBonis would like to hear your two cents about follow-up after training.

Drop by the discussion on Facebook and add your...



We Still Need Volunteer Writers

We are looking for people who want to share how ALL children (with or without disabilities) have benefited from being part of inclusive classrooms. Contact



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